Hendersonville Ward Six Alderman Matthew Stamper has announced his run for Sumner County Trustee.
The second-term alderman released the following campaign announcement:
“My campaign is still ramping up, but you need to know now how I came to this decision. The Trustee position is one that embodies my basic passions and qualifications; 1) financial management, 2) stewardship, and 3) public service.
Most people understand the basics of finance. But few understand the value it provides to those people who budget and provide oversight for other departments. In order to make the right decisions, and tough decisions, it’s critical that all decision-makers have the information at their disposal. While the County Commission has an outstanding finance manager at their disposal, Sumner County should have a qualified financial manager accountable directly to you, the citizens. Sending the correct tax bill on time, disbursing and investing funds, and serving as the county’s treasurer requires experience and qualifications. It requires the ability to advance the office’s functionality to meet whatever future demands may come.
Stewardship is a word often used in churches today. Stewardship to me is both an attitude and a belief. It’s that sense of duty that a person feels toward the owner or master of the resources under their watch and care. Never should a steward feel entitled to such a position of responsibility. But they should feel trusted, and be trustworthy, of what is precious to the owner of whatever is under their care. While many things in our local government seem routine, citizens deserve meticulous devotion to every financial detail and process. Citizens deserve officeholders who are driven to improve efficiency and able to work in tandem with all those who are elected to serve.
Public service is a calling. It’s my calling. At times, it comes with criticism and opposition. But far outweighing that, is the satisfaction that effective public service helps people, families and businesses enjoy their day-to-day living. We want…we expect…good roads, nice parks, safe neighborhoods, awesome schools, a healthy business environment, and well-equipped emergency services.
As a public servant (7 years as a Hendersonville alderman), I’ve made many friends. Friends that know my core values, and know that I will always act and vote in the interests of the citizens. I’m asking my friends, and friends I have yet to meet, for your vote and to support my campaign. I’m looking forward to getting to know people throughout the county, as I seek to earn your vote and your trust. Then ultimately serve you diligently and humbly.”
Voting for the position will take place in May.